PAD 631: Final Project: Case Study AnalysisOverviewCase study analysis is an integral part of a course in strategic management for many reasons: (a) provides opportunity for students to work with real-world problems firsthand, (b) exemplify the theory and content of strategic management, and (c) provides a venue for sharing ideas based on personal knowledge and experience. The final project for this course is a case study analysis. The purpose of the case study is to allow students to apply the concepts of strategic management while analyzing the mission, goals, strategic implementation, and performance measurement systems of a specific organization. Based on the knowledge obtained in this course and previous course work, students examine different contexts for strategic management in public administration.The project is divided in to 3 milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules 4, 7, and 10.ObjectivesTo successfully complete this project, you will be expected to reflect overall on what you have learned in this course, which covers several of the following course objectives:Understand the managerâ€™s role as leader, strategist, planner, designer of structure, and creative problem-solverUnderstand the role of personal and community values in leading and managing organizationsDiscuss the ability to diagnose critical short term and long term issues confronting organizations and make recommendations for strategic solutionsDescribe the sense of strategic implications of organizational structure and processesIdentify strategies to promote implementation of specific objectivesUnderstand the various management tools and their applications to public service organizationsDescribe the concepts of time, unpredictability, chance, failure, limits of power, and other sobering forces that influence effective management performanceMain ElementsSelect an organization, which will serve as a case for this project, either in the field of nonprofit management or government administration (at local, state or federal level), and research the background to investigate the organizationâ€™s mission, goals and objectives, strategic planning and implementation, and performance measurement systems in place. After the case analysis, prepare a case study report including the following elements:Identify the current mission statement, short term, and long term goals. Recommend potential additions/deletions to each.Strategic implications of organizational objectives, structure and processesSWOT Analysis and stakeholder analysisCritical short term and long term issues confronting the organization and recommendations for strategic solutionsAnalysis of existing performance measurement systems and recommended changes, as neededYou can get all the information about an organization that you need for this project from online sources including the websites of the organizations. Some examples:Non-profit National.ymca.net/”>YMCANon-profit State/Local.org/view/member-profile”>New Hampshire.uw.edu/sites/default/files/public/Review-of-Statewide-Nonprofit-Associations.pdf”>List of all Nonprofit Associations by stateGovernment AgenciesFederalStateLocal.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All-Agencies/index.shtml”>Federal.wisconsin.gov/Pages/AllAgencies.aspx”>Wisconsin.pa.gov/Pages/Agency-Directory.aspx#.U16nDVVdXTo”>Pennsylvania.georgia.gov/00/topic_index_channel/0,2092,4802_937045,00.html”>Georgia.ca.gov/casearch/agencies.aspx”>CaliforniaStudents must pick from their own local research. This category may be difficult since most local government agencies do not publish enough material to do a thorough analysis for the purpose of this project. If a student works for a local government or has some individual access to the appropriate materials, they could use a local case for this project.FormatThe main body of the term paper (excluding cover page, executive summary, and table of contents, appendices, and references) should be between ten to twelve pages long. Follow the requirement of submission under the rubric for additional guidelines on format.Suggested Outline:Cover PageAbstract (Executive Summary)Table of ContentsMain ElementsReferencesAppendicesMilestone One: Final Project Case Study SelectionIn 4-2 Discussion, you will review the Final Project Case Study Analysis document and post your choice of organization for the case study, including a few sentences on the reasons for your choice.Milestone Two: Resources for Final Case Study AnalysisIn 7-2 Discussion, put together a list of resources you will need to complete the Final Project Case Study Analysis. Share the resources with the rest of the class.Milestone Three: Final Project DueIn 10-3 Final Project, you will submit your Final Project: Case Study Analysis. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the main elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This milestone will be graded using the Final Product Rubric.RubricRequirements of submission: Written components of projects must follow these formatting guidelines when applicable: double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and discipline-appropriate citations.The paper should be 10-12 pages long not including cover page and resources.Instructor Feedback: Students can find their feedback in the grade book as an attachment.Critical ElementsExemplaryProficientNeeds ImprovementNot EvidentValueMain ElementsIncludes almost all of the main elements and requirements and cites multiple examples to illustrate each element(23-25)Includes most of the main elements and requirements and cites many examples to illustrate each element(20-22)Includes some of the main elements and requirements(18-19)Does not include any of the main elements and requirements(0-17)25Inquiry and AnalysisExplores multiple issues through extensive collection and in-depth analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions(18-20)Explores some issues through collection and in-depth analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions(16-17)Explores minimal issues through collection and analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions(14-15)Does not explore issues through collection and analysis of evidence and does not make informed conclusions(0-13)20Integration and ApplicationAll of the course concepts are correctly applied(9-10)Most of the course concepts are correctly applied(8)Some of the course concepts are correctly applied(7)Does not correctly apply any of the course concepts(0-6)10Critical ThinkingDemonstrates comprehensive exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion(18-20)Demonstrates moderate exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion(16-17)Demonstrates minimal exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion(14-15)Does not demonstrate exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion(0-13)20ResearchIncorporates many scholarly resources effectively that reflect depth and breadth of research(14-15)Incorporates some scholarly resources effectively that reflect depth and breadth of research(12-13)Incorporates very few scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research(11)Does not incorporate scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research(0-10)15Writing(Mechanics/Citations)No errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations(9-10)Minor errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations(8)Some errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations(7)Major errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations(0-6)10Earned Total:Comments:100%
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